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Written by Niki for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of
Lehigh Valley and quotes taken from the Berks-Mont News.
Niki's story is an inspiration to us because she has taught us how something so negative can be a powerful and meaningful change. Life throws us many challenges and by keeping a positive mind, we can become stronger, happier, and an inspiration to others. It is not what we wear on the outside, it is what you are on the inside that makes YOU beautiful! Thank you Niki for sharing your story and always BElieve in YOUrself!
"My name is Nikolette (Niki) and I am a senior at Kutztown Area High School. I am a District 3 PIAA Gold Medalist and a competitive YMCA National Swimmer. I am also a cancer survivor."
"I was diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (PMLBL) in 2017. I was scared knowing that everyone in my family that has had cancer hasn’t survived. I didn’t want to die. I had so much life to live! After 18 weeks of chemotherapy, on August 24, 2017, I was declared cancer free and officially in remission."
"I am proud to say that I will be starting my senior year on time! I will be graduating in June of 2018 to further my academic and athletic career in pre-med and swimming. I would love to focus on pediatrics to help kids that are going through the same thing that I went through."
"I hope people learn to appreciate life, appreciate every opportunity that’s given them because you never know what day may be your last. Hug your loved ones and friends whenever you see them. Just say thank you and I love you. Because life can end in the blink of an eye.”